November 5, 2019
The latest multi-million-pound addition to the award-winning Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa represents an exciting new option for guests, but it also marks a major first for the region.
The County Durham hotel has gone from strength-to-strength in recent years, with the addition of a championship golf course, a new wing of rooms and its highly acclaimed spa.
Now, hiding in plain sight with views over the golf course, are three magnificent treehouses on stilts, which offer accommodation unlike any other available in the North East.
The team at Ramside Estate’s vision was to create a unique option for guests, designed in such a way that they can be booked as a whole or each one divided into two separate areas.
For the project, Ramside Hall’s owner engaged some of his most tried and trusted suppliers, including Padgett White Architects, which has worked with Ramside Estates for more than 20 years, and interiors experts Space ID, which was responsible for the ultra-stylish and quirky The Impeccable Pig at Sedgefield.
John White of PW Architects, says the design aimed to create treehouses that blended seamlessly with the surroundings and which could be easily split into two if guests didn’t want to take the entire house.
“Each of the treehouses has three bedrooms, living and dining space plus two outdoor hot tubs,” he says.
“The brief was to make sure they blended in with the woodland, which means we were very conscious of the materials being used and to give them the feeling that they had been part of the landscape for a long time.
“We’ve worked on many different projects over the years but these are the first treehouses we’ve been involved with, and they are really something special.”
Meanwhile, Mark Hardy of Space ID and his team have created the spectacular interiors for each of the treehouses and have given them their very own personality.
“We wanted to create a lodge environment that felt like somewhere you could escape to,” says Mark.
“The materials were chosen for the exteriors which would weather with age, like metal shingles for the roof and with lots of shrubbery around the stilts the houses are set on, so they are very much part of the surroundings.”
Each house has its own distinct theme – from a rustic French style complete with a spiral staircase and fabrics ranging from fur to leather to a Scandinavian flavour full of edgy artisan features.
The final treehouse channels an Alpine ski lodge with a handmade staircase and abundant use of natural materials.
The versatility of each house stretches far beyond the actual buildings themselves, and they are a great choice for intimate weddings, team-building events and discreet meetings, along with a fantastic option for leisure visitors.
Ramside Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa
The Ramside Treehouses cost from £450 a night.
For further information, visit: www.ramsidehallhotel.co.uk